Sign Up or Log In. Primary Education Kindergarten is optional in South Korea and most parents prefer to keep their little ones at home as long as possible. Some parents send their children to private hagwon schools after hours, where English may be better taught. Middle Education Places in secondary schools are awarded by lottery and everybody gets an equal chance. The transition to 3 years of middle school can be difficult because studies are taken far more seriously. Discipline is stricter too with uniforms, haircuts and punctuality strictly enforced.
Jang Mi Rae is a middle school student. She is an outcast at school. Her home life is worse, where she has to live with her alcoholic father. Jang Mi Rae's escape is playing online role-playing games and writing stories. Her bleak life seems to change when popular student Baek Hab approaches her to become friends. Jang Mi Rae also seeks solace with a young man whom she knows through online games. He spends his days giving away free hugs.
I taught English in South Korea for 18 months — from August to February — and it was the best experience of my life. Teaching English in South Korea was the best decision of my life. I highly recommend teaching in Korea to anyone and everyone who meet the basic requirements more about that later. There is so much to learn about the world when you are thrown in a fast-paced, tech-savvy Eastern Asian culture such as Korea.
Education in South Korea is provided by both public schools and private schools. Both types of schools receive funding from the government , although the amount that the private schools receive is less than the amount of the state schools. South Korea is one of the top-performing OECD countries in reading literacy, mathematics and sciences with the average student scoring , compared with the OECD average of , placing it ninth in the world.